Monsoon season is in full swing, and once it’s over, winter snowfall will be on its heels. So, there’s a lot of wet-weather driving in store for Albuquerque. If not navigated carefully, wet roads could lead you to our garage for collision repair. To keep you safe and your car undamaged, follow these driving tips:
Reduce your speed
Even when you don’t see standing water, wet roads mean there is a layer of water between the rubber of your tires and the pavement of the road. Since your tires are not making direct contact, you lose some degree of control of your vehicle. This condition is exacerbated by speed. So, to better maintain control of your car, you need to slow down.
How much you need to reduce your speed depends on road and visibility conditions. Just-wet pavement with good light, like after a storm has just passed, require minimal slow-down while pounding rain at night requires a greater diminishment of speed. Driving the posted speed limit is a good place to start, especially for habitual speeders. Decrease speed accordingly if you see standing water or you feel your tires slip.
Leave more space between you and the car in front
Your brakes are not the only force bringing your car to a stop. Friction between tires and pavement contribute to deceleration. When roads are wet, friction is reduced, so it takes longer for your car to come to a complete stop.
The longer it takes for your car to stop in seconds mean the more distance you cover. You need to make sure that extra distance is clear of obstacles, including other cars. Adequate distance between you and the vehicle in front of you is three full seconds in dry conditions. In wet conditions, that time/distance should be increased—at least by one full second on just-wet roads, more if it is raining, snowing or you can see standing water.
Get the right tires
For most city drivers, all-season tires are sufficient to channel water away from where your tires contact the road. But, if you spend a lot of time on the roads, and/or if your driving routinely takes you to areas that get more rain (such as a daily commute to Santa Fe), then you may consider getting tires designed to channel more water and/or allow adequate grip on snow and ice.
If special-design tires are not really necessary or not in the budget, then make sure that your all-season tires have adequate tread. (Learn how to do the tire tread test here.)
We know our tips are nothing you haven’t heard before. But these tips are the driving practices that can make the difference between a close call and a call for collision repair, so they bear repeating. In the event that other drivers on the road do not practice such safe driving and leave your car damaged, visit Quanz Auto Body for quality auto body repair.